Kelsey Girdlestone

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Project: Ukerewe medical mission - Fall 2018
Start Date: 17/10/2018

Hi. My name is Kelsey Girdlestone. I am a Registered Practical Nurse currently working in the Operating Room in Ottawa while attending Ottawa U to complete my nursing degree.

I feel so fortunate to work in such an amazing multidisciplinary work place and have learned a lot about surgery, medicine and team work. Working in the OR makes me grateful for my life and health. I have learned the importance of education, health prevention and promotion. I intend to take some of these values over to Tanzania in October. It gives me great pleasure to help other people and I can’t wait to be part of a team that are able to provide care for the less fortunate for two weeks. I hope to gain perspective in my own personal life having never visited a third world country yet.

I am grateful for this wonderful opportunity. Thank you for taking the time to read my page. Any donation is truly appreciated.

Kelsey Girdlestone

$4,650 of $5,000 raised
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Donation Total: $25.00

The individuals on these pages are raising funds in support of CACHA’s mission. The funds are given to CACHA to defray the costs of participation in, and supplies for, the mission, and not for the personal benefit of any participant. CACHA retains control over the use of all donated funds. Once the needs for the program have been met, or cannot be completed for any reason, any remaining contributions will be used where needed most.

Location: Ukerewe and Ukara Islands, Ukerewe District, Mwanza Region, Tanzania

Dates: OCT 17 TO NOV 4, 2018 (ending date varies depending on ability to join for Ukara Island – for individual questions please talk to co-leads)

Mission Leads:
 Elizabeth Good ( and Chris Nolan (

Mission Cost per participant
: $2,870 (does not include airfare)

Estimated Flight Cost:
 $2,000 – $2, 600 (International flight  and domestic flights + 15% administration fee on cost of flights)

Partner:Ukerewe District Council (comprised of Nansio District Hospital, 22 dispensaries, and 3 health centers)

Beneficiaries: Around 4,000 patients per mission, in a catchment area of 310,271 people.

Primary mission language: English

Objective: To increase access to education and healthcare for the Ukerewe Island population.

Background: Members of the community on Ukerewe Island first approached CACHA in 2007. An initial visit was undertaken in October of 2008 to assess the feasibility of expanding CACHA’s outreach work to the island. Meetings were held with prospective partners and plans were made for a first caravan in January/February of 2009. That caravan was held successfully and plans were made for a second caravan in October of 2009. As a result of the success of the second caravan, CACHA committed itself to a cycle of two caravans per year for the Ukerewe and Ukara islands, in the eastern part of Lake Victoria.

Since 2011, CACHA has assisted approximately 22, 903 patients, and dispensed approximately 88, 870 prescriptions.

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